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A Texas-based trucking company is quietly carving out a reputation as a career destination for truck drivers for their driver-first company culture, tight network of consistent freight, and prowess at cross-border operations.
For well over 20 years, El Paso, Texas-headquartered Sky Transportation Services Inc. has steadily built the robust network and customer relationships that fuel their driver-centric operations. Sky is proud to be able to provide their employees with all of the benefits that come from working with a company that is big enough to get the job done but still small enough to care about each and every driver.
CDLLife recently had the chance to connect with Albert E. Luna of Sky Transportation to learn more about how they leverage their agile company size and border freight know-how to provide stability and a better day-to-day experience for drivers.
High-Demand Border Freight Means More Consistency For Drivers
While the overall freight market is subject to a rollercoaster of highs and lows, border freight capacity is in high demand during all freight cycles. Sky has increasingly positioned itself as an industry leader in terms of knowledge of smart and effective cross-border freight management practices. Luna said that Sky’s focus is on creating a neat driver-friendly network with reliable long-haul routes built on long term committed freight moved off the Mexican border.
Company leaders have grown a high density network focusing on the I-10 and I-40 corridors, specializing in hauling freight for the Consumer, Electronics, Medical, Manufacturing, and Automotive sectors. The company has positioned itself next to the growing manufacturing presence in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and other northern Mexico hubs to capitalize on swelling demand.
Sky’s border expertise and smart freight network provide drivers with more consistency and stability in the freight they haul and the routes they run, leading to higher quality of life and a happier driving team overall.
Smaller Fleet, More Personal Attention
While drivers often feel that they’re getting lost in the mix when working with larger carriers, Sky remains the perfect size to ensure that drivers get individual attention, and that they’re known by their name instead of a driver number. Sky has grown to a fleet of more than 200 trucks, but company leaders remain dedicated to treating drivers like family. The Sky team takes the time to welcome all new drivers, to celebrate birthdays and other milestones, and to make sure that drivers know how deeply their hard work is appreciated.
Laser-Focused On Improving The Driver Experience
With an eye toward attracting and retaining professional drivers, Sky Transportation looks for ways to make life a little easier and more rewarding for the men and women behind the wheel, Luna told us.
As of 2023, the average age of their fleet is two years, and all equipment is well-maintained, making it safer and more comfortable to drive. Sky’s freight is 100% dry-van, making for a more enjoyable driving day. The company works hard to provide drivers with consistency in terms of lanes and take-home pay, but they also strive to provide flexible home time so drivers can be with their families during the moments that matter.
Drivers are also encouraged to grow their careers and increase their take-home pay through opportunities offered outside of daily driving tasks. Sky offers referral and driver ambassador programs that help drivers increase their paychecks without driving more miles. Drivers earn mileage incentives, fuel bonuses, Owner-Operator fuel discounts, and guaranteed annual pay increases — and all of these benefits are put down in writing to ensure there’s never any miscommunication or question.
Sky’s driver-focused company culture appears to be working — since 2016, they’ve seen 10% driver growth and a driver turnover rate well-below the industry standard, Luna said.
Check out the video below for more from Sky’s drivers about their experience with the company.
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